Silvio Berlusconi starts work at old people's home

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has begun his first day of community service at an old people's home near Milan.

The 77-year-old must spend a year working four hours a week at the Sacred Family Foundation as part of his sentence for tax fraud.

Silvio Berlusconi outside the old people's home near Milan where he will be doing community service. Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

He was originally sentenced to four years in prison but a judge watered down his sentence to a year's community service.

After completing the first six months the sentence will automatically be reduced to 10 months.